Nana Aboagye, a PhD student, has been awarded the Engineering Council Excellence in Teaching Award for his role as a Teaching Assistant in ORF 309 “Probability and Stochastic Systems” in the Fall of 2015.
Professor Powell, in the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering, will focus on developing accurate models of power grids supported by increasing levels of wind and solar energy. The challenge here is providing the high level of reliability to which we have become accustomed, using an energy source that exhibits variability and uncertainty over different spatial and temporal scales. Professor Powell’s research focuses on models and algorithms for stochastic, dynamic systems, and he hopes to design robust energy systems to support the increasing reliance on renewables.
Professor Amir Ali Ahmadi has received a Google Faculty Award for his project titled "Scalable Sum of Squares Optimization in Machine Learning." Google Faculty Research Awards are one-year awards to support the research of world-class permanent faculty members at top universities around the world.
Professor Han Liu has been awarded the 2015 Teaching Award by the Engineering council for his teaching of ORF 350 "Analysis of Big Data". He is one of five professors who taught in 2015 to be selected for this honor.
Professor Amir Ali Ahmadi has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, effective February 1, 2016. The title of his project is "Polynomial Optimization and Dynamical Systems." Professor Ahmadi aims to develop efficient, convex optimization-based algorithms for polynomial optimization problems, with an emphasis on applications to analysis of uncertain and nonlinear dynamical systems. His project also has a strong educational component which focuses on undergraduate teaching in optimization. The CAREER Award is the most prestigious award from the NSF in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
Professor Amir Ali Ahmadi has been awarded with the 2015 Best SICON Paper Prize of the SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory. The prize is awarded every two years to the authors of the two most outstanding papers published in the SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization (SICON) in the two calendar years before the year of the award. The award is given for Ahmadi's paper (co-authored with Jungers, Parrilo, and Roozbehani) "Joint Spectral Radius and Path-Complete Graph Lyapunov Functions" SICON Vol. 52, (2014) pp. 687-717, which also appears as a chapter of Ahmadi's PhD thesis at MIT. The prize will be awarded at the 2017 SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications.